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DRaysBay Jan 21, 2015

Let’s swap Nick Franklin for Asdrubal Cabrera

Asdrubal Cabrera and Nick Franklin will probably be the Rays middle infielders in 2015, but at which roles exactly? Asdrubal Cabrera can play shortstop and second base. Nick Franklin can play second base and shortstop. Both of them in that order, based on reputation and expectation. But what if the Rays started 2015 by switching them in Spring Training? Would Franklin make a good shortstop and Cabrera an above-average second baseman? What if switching them could actually improve both performances and enhance the Rays defense? Cabrera, the second baseman In eight seasons in the big...
DRaysBay Jan 15, 2015

Cash names candidates for middle infield

Speaking with the media at the annual Rays Winter Development Program, new manager Kevin Cash discussed the immediate future of the middle infield at length, naming four candidates. Foremost discussed was Asdrubal Cabrera, whom Cash knew from his days coaching in Cleveland over the last two seasons. Cabrera is an able defender with susceptible metrics, and those numbers consider a more proficient second baseman, but that has yet to be decided. Regardless of his position, Cash said it would be "like pulling teeth" to remove Cabrera from the line up, which he seems to consider a compliment,...
DRaysBay Dec 30, 2014

Now is the time to trade Yunel Escobar

That trade will justify signing Asdrubal Cabrera. The Rays will sign free-agent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to what's reportedly a one-year, $8 million deal. This is an awkward signing, because the Rays have plenty of middle infielders, and Cabrera probably isn't better than any of them. The move begins to make a bit more sense if one or more of those middle infielders is traded, though. It might be Ben Zobrist who gets traded, he's a great player about to play out the last year of a very affordable contract. That makes him someone that other teams want, but also someone that the Rays would...

Reports: Rays signing Cabrera, making Zobrist available

Asdrubal Cabrera, who filled in admirably for the Nationals at second base after his acquisition at the July 31 trade deadline, won’t be returning to Washington in 2015. Cabrera has agreed to a 1-year contract with the Rays, according to multiple reports, removing another potential second base option from the Nationals’ plans but possibly making…

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